We don't use chemicals or synthetic fertilisers. Instead, we manage our farm by trying to understand and work with it's natural resources.
Great Cotmarsh is a lowland livestock farm at the foot of the Marlborough Downs in North Wiltshire. We farm in a way that supports nature recovery, improves soil health and produces nutrient rich food. We don't use chemicals or synthetic fertilisers. Instead we manage our farm by trying to understand and work with the natural resources found in a functioning ecosystem.
The farm is in organic conversion with the Soil Association. Plant, insect and bird life is up to 50% more abundant on organic farms and we feel it is important our customers have the confidence that our farming system is working in the most nature friendly way.
In addition our lamb and beef is accredited with Pasture for Life. We only feed our livestock 100% pasture, which brings positive impacts for biodiversity and carbon sequestration. Pasture fed meat has lower fat levels than grain-fed meat, higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and higher vitamin and mineral levels.
We began our adventure into farming together in the summer of 2014, but it wasn't until 2022 that we managed to find our own farm in Wiltshire. We are first generation farmers – that means that neither of our parents are farmers. James has extended family that farm, and he grew up spending school holidays helping out at lambing time and creating many fond memories, but Katie is the first in her family to farm.
We have lots of exciting plans for Great Cotmarsh Farm. From planting over 1700m of native species hedgerow and 180 trees, to restoring species rich grassland across 60 acres of pasture and managing areas to support lapwing and curlew.